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    Not Really A Poll But...

    Maybe advice suggestions, comments from memebers on what KM lenses seem to work well, and are worth picking up for use on APS-C sensor cameras.
    I think everyone will agree the KM AF 50mm 1.7 is a given for the top of the list. But what else works for you.
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
    http://flickr.com/

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    Well, only having had the KM 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 "D" for a couple days, I'd have to give it at least a "silver star." It's light, has a good "sidewalk range" and bright enough to use without serious flash.

    The KM 17-35mm f/2.8-4 is also a pretty good pick, if you are leaning toward the full frame cameras.

    Oh ... the KM 85mm f/1.4 G "D" is an awesome portrait lens on the APS-C sensor. A little pricey, but about as bright as they come and can still be found. I honestly wish I had one of these ... just can't justify it already owning the TAMRON SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 MACRO & the SONY CZ 135mm f/1.8. A man has to know his limits ... uh, right?

    You might want to consider the "Dyxum forum" for a pretty good compiled review of the various lenses. It'll expose any weird or distracting notions in a particular lens you are interested in. It will also let you know what the retail price was before it was discontinued.

    Good luck in your hunt.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 08-29-2008 at 10:18 AM.
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    I have done lots of lurking over at Dyxum also. it is another good site. I was wondering what if anything the people here were using, and liking as I feel I "know" people here better then at Dyxum. I have been watching some 24-105mm's none have the D in the description, does the 8 point connector make it D or am I thinking of something else?
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
    http://flickr.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    I have been watching some 24-105mm's none have the D in the description, does the 8 point connector make it D or am I thinking of something else?
    Nah, that's it. In fact, I'm not sure there ever was a "non-D" version, so I throw it up there for quick identification of the lens, as it has the "distance info" fed to the camera, as per the ADI measuring system.

    It is a cool lens, one that made the transition to SONY ... and I am running around with it, as we type ... as the "walk-around" on the A700, this week. I bought a brand new "Hoya" CP for it, yesterday.

    About 1/2-hour ago, with the "backseat poser" ...

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    24mm - f/5.6 - 1/60th sec - ISO-800 - AUTO (it's easier with pop-up flash, in the car, and invokes ADI)
    Last edited by DonSchap; 08-29-2008 at 12:26 PM.
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    I love browsing dyxum but yes indeed it's very hard to post because everyone feels so much superior to me (don never makes anyone feel that way, even though clearly we are .... ). I like the little group we have going here! We do need to expand though!
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    There are a couple of 24-105's on the evilbay right now at around $80.00 more or less plus shipping. saw a "mint" condition one with caps hood and maybe a filter gor for like $138.00 plus shipping this afternoon. Even though I know I should be saving by change for the 70-200 2.8 and whatever accessories I want with it, I am tempted to pick up a 28-80mm or 35-80mm just to play around with, but 24-105 first I think
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
    http://flickr.com/

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    The 28-80mm & 35-80mm are 35mm-film ONLY "TAMRON" lenses.

    I have made a concerted effort to warn people off these, when they are offered in these two lens deals. They definitely are NO DEAL. Even free ... they simply reduce the quality of your desired image.

    They will not give you what you want in your images ... unless "SOFT" heads the list.

    The KM or SONY 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D is a relatively safe bet.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 08-29-2008 at 01:38 PM.
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Just to be clear Don even the KM 28-80 and KM 35-80? I know they are / were designed for film format and will "work" with digital but the word is SOFT stay away. lol I knew they wouldn't be great by any means but maybe good, and for the price playing with them sounded o.k. but being frustrated doesn't sound like any fun. O.K. 24-105 it is to feed my need for glass till the 70-200.
    Thanks Don - trying to learn more everyday here!
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
    http://flickr.com/

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    The Minolta AF 28-80 xi F4-5.6 is the only lens that is worth the time ... the other versions ("D" versions included) lack sharpness ... and in the digital world ... that's not a good idea. It is a much older lens, overall (1991) ... and I am suspect of it, but if you can get the seller to identify it as an "XI" lens ... it may be worth a look.

    The TAMRON version ... is all 35mm-film ... and startlingly SOFT. You have to be very specific in your purchase.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 08-29-2008 at 03:11 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    The XI's have the power Zoom correct, how do they with stand the torque on the A700?
    more questions to ponder eh. Well heading off to high school footbal, taking the 70-300 and monopod tonight, also the 50mm for some close up band aftershow pics, maybe see whats what with the onboard flash. hope I have something I feel worth posting.
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
    http://flickr.com/

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